Can you teach business savvy? The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is giving colleges and universities 35 million reasons to say yes. As Inc.'s Jess Blumberg recently wrote about, the Kansas City-based organization is pledging $35 million in grants to help promote entrepreneurship education. The goal is to stimulate startup dreams among students outside the business school -- those poetry and philosophy majors just waiting to unleash their inner entrepreneurs.
Of course, entrepreneurs love to debate where the real business lessons are learned. Some are quick to praise their classroom experiences, while others say there's no substitute street smarts. The growth of entrepreneurship courses over the past two decades is staggering -- fewer than 300 courses in the early 1980s, compared to roughly 5,000 now. It's hard to argue that exposing students to entrepreneurship during their college (or even high school) years is harmful. And that's why I think you're seeing younger and younger people starting more and more successful companies.
So what do you think? Are entrepreneurs born or made? And can they be made in college?